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2,000 bags of seedlings given free to farmers

Butuan City – An initial 2,000 bags of rice seedlings were given free to farmers who were flood victims of typhoon Agaton that devastated 2, 898 hectares of rice lands in the first quarter this year in Butuan City.

The free rice seedling assistance from the city government of Butuan and Department of Agriculture benefited 1,500 farmer recipients from the city’s 48 barangays.

Initially, the city government released 1,500 bags of rice seedlings while the 500 bags were provided by the DA.

The recipients were farmers whose rice fields were damaged during the onslaught of typhoon Agaton in January this year.

Records from the City Agriculture Office disclosed that a total of 2,898 hectares of rice field worth P32.8 million were damaged due to the continuous rains and flooding.

“Our assistance to farmers will continue because they are the backbone of our food security program,” said Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante during the distribution of the rice seedlings at DOP Center, Barangay Tiniwisan here recently.

In another development, from the previous annual allocation of P226,000 which can only accommodate 113 registered senior citizens at P2,000 each in the year 2010 to 2012, this year’s budget for mortuary assistance to deceased senior citizens has significantly increased and almost doubled up to P450,000.

However, city councilor and chairman of the Committee on Social Services and Senior Citizens Ferdinand Nalcot emphasized that the surviving family of the deceased senior citizen should be able to submit the pertaining documents within three months after the death of the member.

It is also essential that the deceased senior citizen is an identified member of the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs and a resident of Butuan City, he added. (Mike Crismundo)